Thekla Morgenroth

Degree: Ph.D. University of Exeter, 2015

Research Interests:

My research examines why and how people maintain social categories and hierarchies, especially when these are challenged, with a particular focus on the gender/sex binary and its consequences for women and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Some of my current projects include research on opposition to policies and practices that challenge the gender/sex binary, the psychology of different feminist ideologies, the link between gender nonconformity and identity denial, gendered perceptions of brilliance, and support for and opposition to the decriminalization of sex work.

Recent Publications:

Morgenroth, T., Ryan, M. K., & Fine, C. (2022). The Gendered Consequences of Risk-Taking at Work: Are Women Averse to Risk or to Poor Consequences?. Psychology of Women Quarterly, advance online publication.

Morgenroth, T., Kirby, T. A., Gee, I. A., & Ovett, T. A. (2021). Born this Way–or Not? The Relationship Between Essentialism and Sexual Minorities’ LGBTQ+ Identification and Belonging. Archives of Sexual Behavior50(8), 3447-3458.

Gartzia, L., Morgenroth, T., Ryan, M. K., & Peters, K. (2021). Testing the motivational effects of attainable role models: Field and experimental evidence. Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology5(4), 591-602.

Morgenroth T., Kirby T, Cuthbert M, Evje J, Anderson A (2021). Bisexual erasure: Perceived attraction patterns of bisexual women and men. European Journal of Social Psychology 

Morgenroth T., Kirby T. A., Ryan M.K., Sudkämper A. (2020). The who, when, and why of the glass cliff phenomenon: a meta-analysis of appointments to precarious leadership positions. Psychological Bulletin, 146(9), 797-829. 

Morgenroth T., Ryan M., Rink F., Begeny C. (2020). The (in)compatibility of identities: Understanding gender differences in work-life conflict through the fit with leaders. British Journal of Social Psychology 

Morgenroth T., Ryan M. K., Sønderlund A. L. (2021). Think Manager–Think Parent? Investigating the fatherhood advantage and the motherhood penalty using the Think Manager–Think Male paradigm. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 51(3), 237-247. 

Morgenroth T., Sendén M. G., Lindqvist A., Renström E. A., Ryan M. K., Morton T. A. (2020). Defending the Sex/Gender Binary: the Role of Gender Identification and Need for Closure. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12(5), 731-740. 

Morgenroth T., Ryan M. K. (2020). The Effects of Gender Trouble: an Integrative Theoretical Framework of the Perpetuation and Disruption of the Gender/Sex Binary. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 174569162090244-174569162090244. 

Morgenroth T., Stratemeyer M, Paaßen B (2020). The Gendered Nature and Malleability of Gamer Stereotypes. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 23(8), 557-561. 

Ryan M., Begeny C., Bongiorno R., Kirby T., Morgenroth T. (2020). Understanding Barriers to Workplace Equality: a Focus on the Target’s Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology 

Sudkämper A., Ryan M.K., Kirby T. A., Morgenroth T. (2020). A comprehensive measure of attitudes and behaviour: Development of the Support for Gender Equality among Men Scale. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50(2), 256-277. 

van der Toorn J., Pliskin R., Morgenroth T. (2020). Not quite over the rainbow: the unrelenting and insidious nature of heteronormative ideology. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, 160-165. 

Hoyt C. L., Morgenroth T., Burnette J. L. (2019). Understanding sexual prejudice: the role of political ideology and strategic essentialism. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 49(1), 3-14. 

Morgenroth T., Ryan M. (2018). Addressing gender inequality: Stumbling blocks and roads ahead. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 21, 671-677

Morgenroth T., Ryan M. K. (2018). Gender Trouble in Social Psychology: How can Butler's Work Inform Experimental Social Psychologists' Conceptualization of Gender?. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 9 

Morgenroth T., Ryan M. (2018). Quotas and affirmative action: Understanding group-based outcomes and attitudes. Social and Personality Psychology Compass 

Peters K., Steffens N. K., Morgenroth T. (2018). Superstars Are Not Necessarily Role Models: Morality Perceptions Moderate the Impact of Competence Perceptions on Supervisor Role Modeling. European Journal of Social Psychology

Morgenroth T., Fine C., Ryan M. K., Genat A. E. (2017). Sex, Drugs, and Reckless Driving: Are Measures Biased Toward Identifying Risk-Taking in Men?. Social Psychological and Personality Science 

Morgenroth T., Heilman M. E. (2017). Should I stay or should I go? Implications of maternity leave choice for perceptions of working mothers. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 72, 53-56. 

Paaßen B., Morgenroth T., Stratemeyer M. (2017). What is a True Gamer? the Male Gamer Stereotype and the Marginalization of Women in Video Game Culture. Sex Roles, 76(7-8), 421-435. 

Ryan M. K., Haslam S. A., Morgenroth T., Rink F., Stoker J., Peters K. (2016). Getting on top of the glass cliff: Reviewing a decade of evidence, explanations, and impact. Leadership Quarterly 

Morgenroth T., Ryan M. K., Peters K. (2015). The motivational theory of role modeling: How role models influence role aspirants' goals. Review of General Psychology, 19(4), 465-483. 


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Assistant Professor, Social Psychology

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